Smith’s Marketplace Aims For Zero-Waste
Salt Lake City— Smith’s Marketplace celebrated the remodel of its grocery store at 455 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. The 183,000 square foot store offers one-stop shopping with more than 200,000 products under one roof including food, apparel, housewares, and household decor, hardware, gardening needs, and general merchandise.
The $16.7 million remodel brings an open market-feel shopping experience with new décor and expanded fresh food destinations such as a Murray’s Cheese shop, sushi bar, Chicken Co. and grab-n-go sandwiches and salads. Enhancements also include enlarged in-store Starbucks and a completely rebuilt two-story parking structure.
As part of Smith’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative, the newly remodeled store aims to be a zero-waste grocery store featuring many green initiatives including the newest technologies in heating, cooling and water; hundreds of new glass door freezers and coolers with efficient LED lights; to eliminate plastic bags by 2025; and Smith’s Marketplace food rescue program where unsold food is donated to the Utah Food Bank. In addition, during the remodel, Smith’s required the contractor to recycle 99 percent of the project’s total non-hazardous waste such as scrap wood, metal, cardboard, concrete brick, and plastic.
The store campus will now be designation as an Idle Free campus in conjunction with UCAIR, the Utah Clean Air Partnership. According to UCAIR, Smith’s commitment to clean air is a great step for the environment. “In our efforts to clear the air there are no perfect answers, but there are practical solutions. Being idle free is one of those solutions,” said Thom Carter, UCAIR executive director. “By asking customers to turn off their car when using the pickup services, Smith’s is showing its strong leadership and commitment to making this the best place to live, work, play, and shop.”
As part of their continued efforts to divert waste from the landfill, Smith’s donated 8 pallets of new unsold clothes and shoes to several local schools in the Granite School District. The donation of 20,787 items of new clothing for children, women, and men donated from Smith’s has a retail value of $338,637 and will help meet the basic clothing needs of impoverished and low-income students and their families.
Smith’s Food & Drug Stores is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest retail grocers. Smith’s visionary Zero Hunger | Zero Wasteplan is aimed at ending hunger in the communities Smith’s calls home, and eliminating waste across the company by 2025, in keeping with the company’s Purpose to Feed the Human Spiritä. Visit www.smithsfoodanddrug.com for more information.